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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61

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Address: 250 S Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90733
Phone Number: 877-446-9261
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Description: Experience the Battleship of Presidents - USS Iowa. Explore the West...
Experience the Battleship of Presidents - USS Iowa. Explore the West Coast's only Battleship - USS Iowa. An adventure on board takes you on a memorable family experience through World War II, Korean War, and Cold War; following in footsteps of sailors that lived on the most powerful warship built to date. Visitors tour six decks of wood & steel and numerous exhibits on the Battleship that hosted three U.S. Presidents during her service as a symbol of democracy. The USS Iowa is located at the L.A. Waterfront, former home to the US Navy Battleship fleet and an area rich in Maritime History. Battleship IOWA hosts fun seasonal events throughout the year such as the Memorial Day Festival, Independence Day Celebration, Veterans Appreciation Day & more! The IOWA also offers private guided & group tours, school field trips, corporate outings and special event venues. Battleship IOWA is open everyday (except Thanksgiving & Christmas) from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, with the last boarding and ticket sales at 4:00 pm.
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Battleship Iowa Museum Admission in Los Angeles

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When In LA or Long Beach, you Must Visit The Battleship Iowa !

Having never served in the Navy, touring this WW 2, was a great thrill. And there was FDR's Wheelchair !! The Iowa reeks of history.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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South Salem, New York
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South Salem, New York
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158 reviews 158 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Having never served in the Navy, touring this WW 2, was a great thrill. And there was FDR's Wheelchair !! The Iowa reeks of history.

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We toured the ship with three children (ages 4-7), but it was equally great for adults. There must have been 20 volunteer guides to answer questions. It has a challenging game for kids where they have to identify ten places on the ship on a form. They were totally engulfed in that exercise and won prizes at the end. The... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is a must visit for anyone that is a history buff or interested in seeing naval warships. The tour is self-paced but very well planned out as you are guided by signs/arrows throughout the ship. Almost every area is available to be explored and there is a lot of good information along the way from signs, retired vets and... More 

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Mt. Prospect, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I served in the Navy 1965-1970 and this is the first time boarding a battleship. The volunteers on board were veterans and very informative and friendly. The tour is self guided. If you have any walking difficulties it may not be for you. Many up and down ladder/steps to see the entire ship. If you stay on the main deck... More 

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Liberty
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

While staying in the LA area, planned on touring this battleship. I always throw history into our vacations. This was well worth the time and money. Our two kids, ages 17 and 14 even found it interesting. Even though it's a self guided tour, the officers on board were very helpful in answering questions we may have had.

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Gosport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I like ships so im a bit biased but a battleship is different and something rare to be savoured as part of history cos these type of ships will never be built again

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Anaheim, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We spent a approx. 1.5 hours touring around the ship. I think it was great to take the family too, and the yellow arrows make it easy to make it through the whole ship. Helpful guides along the way, gave great information about the ship.

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Los Angeles, California
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Try to bring grandparents or older adults or history buffs with you -- it will make the experience more rewarding. That being said, the docents are well-informed and love to talk about their experiences. The word "awesome" is overused, but this ship truly is.

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I have been to this amazing ship several times. To call the group that provides the tours and keeps this piece of history in shape passionate is an understatement. The knowledge and quality/condition of the ship is second to none. A great stop all around. One of the best qualities that they do everything to keep the ship unmodified as... More 

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Covina, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I visited there today. This is an amazing battleship which has so much historical nature of it. If you love ship and are interested in NAVY, you definitely should visit this ship.

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